Southern Miss Basketball Signs Shakiem Mitchell
– Southern Miss Head Basketball Coach Larry Eustachy
has announced the signing of Shakiem Mitchell
, a 6-9, 230-pound forward/center from the Globe Institute of Technology in New York City, to a national letter of intent for the 2004-05 academic year. This marks the second signee of the spring signing period.
Mitchell was a standout player for Coach Ken Wilcox at Globe Tech, where he helped lead the Knights to a 23-5 record and an appearance in the NJCAA Region XV Tournament.
"Shakiem will be a good addition to our basketball program," Eustachy said. "He hasn't played a lot of college basketball, so he has three years left to play for us. He has a tremendous upside and a lot of size, which is something we need."
The Brooklyn, N.Y., native averaged 14 points and eight rebounds a game at Globe. Prior to his stint at Globe, Mitchell redshirted his freshman season at Howard College in Big Spring, Texas.
Mitchell is rated the No. 4 power forward by Lindy's College Basketball and was an Honorable Mention junior college player by NBADraft.net. He chose Southern Miss over Colorado State, UNLV and St. Bonaventure.
As a senior at Robeson High School in Brooklyn, Mitchell led his team to a 27-3 and a runner-up finish in the New York Public Schools Athletic League (PSAL) Class A playoffs, while also being named as an All-Brooklyn PSAL selection by the New York Daily News.
Mitchell becomes the third signee for the 2004 signing class. The Golden Eagles signed Henry Salter (Gulfport, Miss.), a 6-foot-4 forward from Gulfport High School, during the fall signing period, and inked Rashaad Carruth (College Park, Ga.), a 6-foot-3 guard from Indian Hill Community College in the spring signing period.